Posted on September 7, 2012 at 9:46 AM
AMHERST, Mass.—Scholars at Amherst College in Massachusetts believe a collector may have what would be just the second known photo of Emily Dickinson.
The college says a local collector who wishes to remain anonymous bought the photo in 1995 in Springfield and brought it to the college in 2007. They say they’ve been researching it since. It was shown publicly last month.
The photo is from 1859 and appears to show the reclusive poet sitting next a friend.
The college says they have good evidence it’s Dickinson, including a detailed comparison of the eyes of the subject with a known photo of Dickinson from 1847. Still, it hasn’t been definitively confirmed.
The college says if it is Dickinson, it shows the Amherst native as a mature woman with a striking presence.